To cash in on the meteoric rise of online shopping, Royal Mail has launched a service to collect parcels and mail from people’s homes starting today.
The move forms part of Royal Mail’s ambition to grab a bigger share of the parcel market.
Its rivals in the parcel-collection market include DPD, Hermes and DHL.
Its Parcel Collect service, which has been trialled in parts of the west of England, will be available every day except Sunday, and there will be 72p charge per parcel, plus postage costs.
Royal Mail said it was “one of the biggest changes to the daily delivery since the launch of the post box in 1852.”
Nick Landon, chief commercial officer at Royal Mail, said: “Parcel Collect is a fantastic step forward for all of our customers. It makes it easier to use our services than ever before.
“The launch of Parcel Collect is part of our commitment to continuously make our services better and more convenient.”